Positioned between the GLA and GLC, the new Mercedes-Benz GLB is noted for its generous delivery of luxury, power, technology and, most importantly, space. With a third seat row of two additional seats, it provides spaciousness for up to seven occupants, with a real sense of a full-fledged SUV.
The powerful proportions of the GLB underscore the off-road focus of the design. These include an upright front section with striking headlamps and short overhangs at the front and rear. The front apron with visual skid plate emphasises the unmistakable SUV character. Another key feature is the distinctive air intakes that are tailored to the contours of the radiator grille. On the sides, the GLB is donned with attached panels under the doors and the wheel arches that protect against stone chips. The muscular shoulders dominated the side view, an effect reinforced by the rising beltline at the height of the C-pillar.
The GLB has a clear rear-end emphasising width with two-piece tail lamps and reflectors relocated to the bumpers. The precise interior design of the tail lamps also ensures a high recognition value at night. The elevated roof rails are made of polished aluminium.
THREE ENGINE VARIANTS
GLB 200 Progressive Line
Powered by the 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with the 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic transmission, the Progressive Line develops 120kw (163hp) and a maximum torque of 250Nm, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9.1 seconds.
GLB 250 4MATIC AMG Line
Driving the GLB 250 4MATIC AMG Line is the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with the 8G-DCT 8-speed automatic transmission. It rates at 165kW (224hp) and produces a maximum torque of 350Nm, accelerating the car from 0-100km/h in only 6.9 seconds. The AMG Line reinforces the vehicle’s sporty appearance with AMG body styling and a diamond radiator grille with single louvre. The sports seats promise optimum seating comfort behind the sports steering wheel in fine nappa leather with flattened bottom section.
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC
The turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre four- cylinder engine delivers 225kW (306hp) and guarantees impressive driving enjoyment in combination with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8G-DCT 8-speed automatic transmission and variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It is capable of an acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds.
LUXURY OF SPACE
At 2,829mm, the GLB has 10cm more wheelbase than, for example, the new B-Class. Together with the function-oriented greenhouse, this is decisive when it comes to the generous amount of space. The headroom in the first seat row is 1,069mm – an optimum in this segment. At 967mm, the effective legroom in the rear of the five-seater is at an especially comfortable level.
The load compartment has a capacity of 570 to 1,805l. The backrest angle is adjustable in several stages as standard. The second row can be moved fore and aft, enabling the boot to be enlarged.
The GLB is the first compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz to offer a third seat row on request with two additional individual seats. The seats offer people up to a height of 1.68m of roomy space. Equipped with TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats, the seats can fasten up to four child seats in seat rows two and three.
Comfort details in the third row include two drinks holders between the seats as well as two stowage compartments with rubberised insert on the left and right in the load compartment trim, each housing a USB port.
The driver faces a Widescreen Cockpit, with control and display via Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). A new feature is the off-road-like aluminium-look tubular element in the dashboard on the front passenger side. Below the round air vents, next to it are the air conditioning controls. The buttons of the air conditioning controls create the impression of having been milled out of an aluminium cylinder.
A peek at the interiors of the latest Mercedes-Benz GLB:
Equipped with MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the GLB features two 7-inch displays for the instrument cluster and media display with touchscreen, sports steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, USB port, Bluetooth connection and audio sources. The latest generation of the Mercedes me connect is also a feature that comes as standard in the GLB.
The GLB is enhanced with Active Braking Assist that includes the turning-off function, which comes into play when the driver intends to turn off across the oncoming lane: if there is a risk of collision with oncoming traffic when starting off, the GLB can brake autonomously. Braking intervention takes place when the driver activates the turn signal indicator. Oncoming vehicles are detected via an intelligent fusion of radar and camera signals.
The new GLB places its trust in the four- cylinder engines which are completely modernised for the new edition of the compact SUV. In comparison to previous generations of compact modes, the GLB engines are characterised by significantly increased specific outputs, and improved efficiency and emissions.